What Compels You to Be the Songwriter You Are?

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ Recently someone posted an observation on my video about the circle-of-fifths. In that video, I was describing the harmonic strength that comes from root movements of chords that are a 4th or 5th apart, which is the theoretical basis of […]

Adding Innovative Elements to Your Next Song

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _________ In songwriting, an innovative element is some aspect that jumps out at the listener, something that presents itself as being creative and imaginative. All songs should incorporate something that sets it apart from every other song out there, so in a […]

Songwriting, and a New Kind of 80-20 Rule

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! ____________ Many of you are likely familiar with the 80-20 rule in business, which states that 80% of your business comes from 20% of your clients. In music, there’s a different kind of 80-20 rule, and it pertains to the predictability factor […]

Getting Away With Being Weird

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • Good songs sell! Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle – available now at a 50% savings! ________________________________ Weirdness in songwriting, when it’s done simply for the sake of being weird, usually doesn’t work. It […]

Too Much of a New (or Old) Thing Makes a Song Boring

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Learn all the secrets of how to write great songs by checking out these books. ____________ As a hit songwriter, your most important goal is to write songs that keep people humming. Without that crucial something that grabs the listener, your song will get […]

Adding Innovative Elements to Your Songs Without Being Overly Weird

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Follow Gary on Twitter Every song should exhibit a balance between traditional, predictable elements, and innovative, unexpected ones. If it’s a hit song you are wanting to write, the balance should definitely be greatly weighted toward predictable ones. But if there is nothing innovative […]